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Textivate

James Hosler Explains Textivate:

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Section A, the red section, lets you scramble a text for students to un-scramble. In my view this lines up with reading, because it forces the students to re-read the text and then make the changes necessary for comprehension. I have used the activities in this section several times now in a whole-class setting with only one computer and a projector. You can do a few paragraphs together as a class and then have the students complete one or two sections individually on their own paper.

Section B, the blue section, also lines up with reading, but is more interactive. The students will get the most out of the activities if they themselves are able to use the computer and click around. I can imagine this being a very good use of some time in a computer/language lab.

Section C, the green section, seems to line up most with writing. Each activity is essentially a “guided-writing” activity. (Like in Section A, the students can use their own paper.) The students get some help, but most of the spelling and grammar will be up to them to supply. This is especially true in languages like Latin, Spanish, German, etc. where the words change a bunch based on grammar. For example, if the last three letters of a Latin verb are missing, the student must make the choice as an author whether they should be -bat or -vit or whatever else based on the context. This all feels a lot like that power-house activity known as “dictation,” but based on reading instead of listening.

 

 

Comments

  • Chris
    February 22, 2013

    Wow! I”m liking the new format

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  • Grant Boulanger
    February 22, 2013

    I played around with this a bit last night. Seems kind of glitchy to me, but I like it a lot and could see using it in class. I’m fairly excited about it, actually.

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  • Brigitte
    February 22, 2013

    Just read on the moretprs list that the free trial period ends at the end of March, then you have to pay to use the site (I think it’s £10/year). It’ll still be worth it.

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  • Chris
    February 22, 2013

    I just mean all of the new categories at the top of the screen

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